Feb 2, 2013 12:30pm PST
has nominated charles chuck hagel for secretary of defense. hagel testified before the senate armed services committed tee this week. is senator john mccain grilling hagel about hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq in 2007. >> were you correct in your judgment. >> i would defer that to history. >> when you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i played those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that is a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> senator hagel explained he opposed the surge in iraq because it cost nearly 1200 american lives. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so i did question a surge. i always ask the question, is this going to be worth the sacrifice? because there will be sacrifice. >> that was hagel's emphasis on the cost factor. my question is this. his emphasis on the cost factor in military decisions, does it serve as a dodge to senator mccain's bullet? or did he mean this completely from the heart? and if he did, isn't he exactly the man we want over at the department of defense? >> h
Jan 31, 2013 6:30pm PST
create new jobs. >> susie: an intense day on capitol hill for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. the former republican senator from nebraska took a grilling at his confirmation hearing. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle questioned him about his controversial views on gay rights, sanctions for iran, and former president george w. bush's policies in iraq. but in spite of the turmoil, hagel is expected to get confirmed by a narrow margin. >> tom: an update on failed futures brokerage firm peregrine financial, its founder, russell wassendorf senior was sentenced to 50 years behind bars. he' received the maximum sentence after admitting to engaging in fraudulent activity and misleading regulators for almost two decades. wassendorf also was ordered to pay $215 million, the amount prosecutors say he cost clients. the 64-year-old said he is "very sorry." >> tom: a couple of media giants today highlighted the challenges of an industry under-going great changes. business at viacom slowed down at the end of last year. advertising at the company's cable t.v. networks like nickelodeon, and m
Feb 5, 2013 12:00am PST
. >> let me talk about other issues in the news. let's get your take. chuck hagel, is he going to make it through? >> my guess is he probably will. tavis: will you vote for him? >> not sure sure. i have met him for many years. i am concerned about his feeling about women in general, about gays in the military as well. he reassured me his views have evolved and change, and that is good, but i have concerns. tavis: immigration, the president has given his speech on it. the senate has come forth with its proposal. the ultimate question is whether or not you expect we will see meaningful immigration reform. again tavis: i would -- >> i would say we have a reasonable shot to do that. the hispanic community was involved in obama's reelection. democrats know that. republicans are nervous about their political future with regards to the hispanic community, so i think in terms of public support there is an understanding it was simply unfair that 11 million people continue to live in the dark, not having legal rights. there has to be a path toward citizenship. my guess is that will probably
Feb 12, 2013 12:00am PST
. tavis: chuck hagel is in line to take that job, will he be? >> i predict he probably will be. i don't think any of us disagree, he probably will be. far and notme this have that happen. tavis: will john brennan get through at cia? i don't want to ask if you are pleased, but how do you read the fact that finally, that is my word, there is at least a conversation about drones. >> i am with you on that, tavis. i think this country needs to debate drones and more about that program. i interviewed general stanley mcchrystal. mid-level al qaeda are being hit. they don't know why or how this happens. we, as americans, war is changing and we should know more about how it is changing, how we are employing, basically, a deaf strike -- death strike on how that works. it was a great thing coming out of the hearing. tavis: about the pope? >> i got a call just about 6:00 this morning and i turned on the morning america and we were talking about the first time in 600 years. it is remarkable that one of the things is that haute than evict. having them, it is kind of liked the old boss is still there.